KOGI GUBER: COURT TO HEAR SUIT SEEKING TO UNSEAT WADA TODAY
Hearing commences today in the suit seeking to unseat the newly elected Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada before an Abuja Division of a Federal High Court. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court would on Thursday this week, hear a suit by Jibrin Isa Echocho for an interpretation of its judgment delivered on January 27 nullifying the tenure of five state governors.
Specifically, Echocho wants the apex court to interpret which of the two governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] in Kogi State would stand, having declared that the tenure of the former Governor Ibrahim Idris had elapsed since May 29, 2011.
An Abuja High Court had in December last year dismissed the suit brought by Isah on the grounds that he having submitted himself for the second primary lacks the right to challenge the outcome in court.
In the suit before a Federal High Court, a governorship aspirant in the state under the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Oyebode Makinde has approached the court to determine whether having regard to the provision of paragraph 15(a) – (i) of the 3rd Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), section 178(2), Section 191(2) of the same Constitution and section 31 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) the 1st Defendant press statement of 30/1/12 that 3rd Defendant should be sworn in as the Governor of Kogi State based on the election of 3/12/11 is not